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changes. the white house would be able to -- does not get removed in advance. the spokesman for harry reid says democrats have not reached a decision yet, but did say, quote -- just today, mitt romney arty, work together with the middle of his party, republicans as well, and get a plan that gets people insured without having a government take over insurance. >> joining us now, chuck todd. what's going on right now, the president trying to address democrats, trying to get them more energized, how's that going over? >> well, look, i mean, this is not new. the white house has said this for months they would do this. saying look rk they're going to get a bill whatever it takes and if republicans are at the table, fine. if they're not, fine. they'll go another way. they have the votes to do that. i think part of the strategy using the budget sort of way to go around the rules a little bit was the negotiating ploy to keep republicans at the table, keep them negotiating a little bit. i'm fascinated what's going to happen tonight. there's the gang of six is going to be having a conference call. fi
minutes. we're also expected that harry reid will speak on the senate floor. >> he's harry reid now. >> first hispanic, the third woman, the third person of color on our supreme court. on the floor a few minutes ago, also made history by confirming someone as qualified as anyone has been to go in that court. i want to congratulate chairman leahy and the entire committee. they moved this quickly, fairly and with a great deal of dignity. i've said before that justice sotomayor, as soon as she is sworn into office, will bring a wealth of experience and a great perspective that hasn't been on that court in a long time. most of all, she'll bring good judgment. chairman leahy. >> thank you. thank you for your help. i thank all the other senators who joined us on this. you may recall that we talked with the president about the scheduling of this, i said it made sense to give the same schedule that we had for chief justice roberts. i said that schedule was good for him. same schedule was good for her. we followed that schedule with wrour help and with the help of the members of the committe
that harry reid is considering a plan to break the plan into two parts. put the more expensive reform
the republican party on with him. >> i'm just wondering, we heard from harry reid and a part of his quote, he says they're talking their cues from talk show hosts. it's not often you try to blow yourself up, but that's what they're obviously doing. it's a party being run by a talk show host. i think there are a lot of people saying you know, rush limbaugh is the one in charge still. >> i think the point that democrats are trying to do is what this is about is that they can't defend their health care plan on the merits. >> mike, philip, how can they defend it if they're not even being allowed a chance to explain it? you have people showing up, not aloeing them to even talk. >> listen, the president of the united states has had how many prime time news conferences -- >> we're not talking about the president. we're talking about these town halls. >> they've had months to make their case -- >> it's not about responsibility. >> if you look at polling numbers, they show mounting opposition to health care policies. >> i can't imagine, any poll that suggests that people lacking discussion where one s
. harry reid said today this is all a bunch of nonsense. >> it's a phony issue. it does not deserve even a minute of our attention on the floor of the united states senate. it's absurd, irresponsible, baseless, and a false claim that has long ago been refuted. >> who are these so-called birthers? let's start with orly taitz. she's gone so far as to say that the president should be tried for crimes perpetrated upon american citizens. there's also allen keys, a former presideform former presidential candidate. phillip berg filed a birther lawsuit against president obama. the case was dismissed. berg also sued then president george w. bush claiming he was complicity in the 9/11 terror attacks. there's also a man by the name of andy martin, said to be one of the first people to claim that president obama was secretly a muslim. radio pastor wyle drake reportedly brought orly taitz into the movement. also the conservative news webside world net daily. the birth movement has been gaining traction online, especially along some conservative bloggers. according to google it's a mostly southern thi
. >> part of this goes to the vacuum now being left in the senate and the fact is harry reid and mitch mcconnell have the title of leader but there seems to be universal acknowledgement when teddy was at his active best, he could command that leadership in the senate. is there any way that vacuum gets filled short term or is it going to take awhile before the senate self-selects the next teddy. >> i think a couple points about that. a younger generation of reporters are covering washington and covering it at such a polarized time. you talk to brokaw or tim russert when he was alive, you recall an era where bipartisanship of the type ta we saw with ted kennedy was possible. it attracted that kind of person and ted kennedy was able to thrive there. now you've got president obama facing such a polarized institution in the senate and certainly that in the house. it makes it a lot more difficult. so the question of who picks up the mantle and whether patrick kennedy does that a question. >> hillary clinton and joe biden a year ago, i think those were the first two names people would have said,
leader harry reid says democrats have not reached any decisions just yet, but here is what he did say. quote, patience is not unlimited, and we are determined to get something done this year by any legislative means necessary. and today mitt romney, former massachusetts governor and presidential candidate, explained why he thinks the president is struggling to find a compromise on health care reform. >> if the president wants to get something done, he needs to put aside the extreme liberal wing of his party, work together with middle votes of his party, work with republicans as well, and get a plan that gets people insured without having the government take over insurance. >> but president obama says he still wants to negotiate with republicans. here is what he said a short time ago on the michael smerconish program. >> i'm confident we're going to get it done, and as far as negotiations with republicans, my attitude has always been let's see if we can get this done with some consensus. i would love to have more republicans engaged and involved in this process. >> adrielle is a report
this process and that will end up with what harry reid, the democrat said a few days ago, we will get something but it may not be until the end of the year. >> yeah. the prevailing wisdom, i'm glad you brought that up, the president and democrats will get something even if it doesn't amount to a fig leaf, the stakes are too high. congressional democrats understand their political fortunes rise and fall with that of the president. we started out talking about the poll. there's probably a lot more concern among democrats in the house of representatives about those polls than there is at the white house simply because they have to run every two years and they are up again next year. i think when you look at some of the options that are on the table, it's hard to see how they are going to reconcile with the senate, the direction they are going in and the direction the house is going in in terms of public option and major components of this. it's a fig leaf at the end of the year. i don't think that works for democrats to be honest with you. >> mike, i appreciate it. in fact you set up my next conve
the democrats lose that. democrats come up 0 for 3 this fall, there are your canaries in the coal mine. >> harry reid had a poll released yesterday by the las vegas review journal that had him at 38 points down 11 points to his opponent. that is significant. >> we will keep our eye on it. charlie and doug, thank you both for joining us. >> thank you. >> now it's time for my daily big thought. we usually do it later in the show but i bring it up early. three things that caught my attention this week and that ultimately wove together for me the first was a tremendous 60 minutes episode on sunday where they look back at their creator don hewlett. i thought it was powerful when he shared that the best tv, maybe the best in life is about four little words -- tell them a story. that so often he said he didn't book the guests, if you will, he didn't always book an issue and didn't want to talk policy. he wanted to talk about a story and threw incredible character and stories so much was shared and learned and told. the second one is paul krugman's op-ed today in "the new york times." the nobel prize wi
harry reid! it's tough! you don't sometimes give credit to these guys. they represent districts that can swing just like that. they have to hit the middle of the road voter to win and need them. in massachusetts, you just need the democrats. >> but with democrats, if you're for the wage earner, you don't have to worry about reeke reelection. >> i worked for senators from utah, for example, frank moss who had a -- he got blown away by orrin hatch. if you're from a state not liberal, i don't care how pro liberal you are, you get beaten. >> what did it mean in president obama's campaign to get an endorsement and what reaction to this day do the clintons have about that? >> let me give you the positive part of it. >> yes. >> bobby is probably going to be known forever as a brother. the books about him will be the last brother. he is primarily a brother to his brothers. joe jr. who lost his life in the war, he never forgot him. always loyal to the memory of his brother and to jack and to bobby. i think he extended that brotherhood to barack obama. he made him the new brother and i think that
's happened is that the democratic leadership particularly harry reid and nancy pelosi, have started ridiculing these people and they're escalating and they've called out the unions and the unions are now trying tone force some order. it reminded me a little bit of when the rolling stones decided to hire hell's angels to tamp down the rowdy crowd at altamont. it's a bad idea, they're escalating, but everyone has an obligation to hear from every constituent, whether or not they agree with them and we need to create a process where everybody gets a chance at the microphone to calmly express their views. >> igor, there are some democrats trying to dismiss the angry crowds as a minority push by conservative groups, giving them directions to get to the front of the group, spread yourselves out, be loud and make your talking points and disrupt things. is that fair? >> alex, i think if there's one thing the clip you just played demonstrates is that the people at this town hall, groups like freedomworks, americans for prosperity, they're not interested in having a substantive debate. they're
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